In October 1974, Muhammad Ali attempted to regain the world heavyweight boxing championship title that was stripped from him when he refused the Vietnam draft seven years earlier. He faced the brutal, undefeated George Foreman in Zaire, Africa, the fight he had dubbed “The Rumble in The Jungle.” Only weeks before, on August 11–12, photographer Peter Angelo Simon was invited to experience the private world of one of the most famous people on the planet as he prepared mentally and physically for the biggest challenge of his life.
This two-day photo-essay includes many previously unpublished photographs and captures Ali the man, unguarded, away from the glare of the media spotlight at his Pennsylvania sanctuary. It includes a foreword by D.A. Pennebaker, the foremost chronicler of American counterculture in the 1960s, and an introduction by Peter Angelo Simon, who writes: “I shot 33 rolls in the two days. Ali said nobody had ever taken so many pictures of him. I believe these photographs reveal aspects of Ali’s fascinating character not previously seen.” Few photographers got as close to the boxer behind the legend. This extraordinary book reveals the preparation for a seminal moment in cultural and political history.
Please join us for a conversation with legendary filmmaker D A Pennebaker and photographer Peter Angelo Simon to celebrate the publication of Muhammad Ali Fighter’s Heaven 1974. The discussion will be moderated by Rolling Stone Deputy Photo Editor Sacha Lecca and followed by a book signing. Courtesy of Criterion Collection, the bookstore will also be screening D A Pennebaker’s film Monterey Pop at 4:30pm on the day of the event.
Peter Angelo Simon has explored many forms of photographic expression in his wide-ranging career. His work has been featured in books, advertising campaigns, corporate communication, and magazines worldwide, including the New York Times Magazine and Smithsonian . Simon’s innovative photo imagery has won numerous awards from peer groups such as The Art Director’s Club of New York and Eastman Kodak Epcot Center Professional Photographer’s Award. He currently conducts workshops in his Brooklyn New York studio.
D A Pennebaker is a pioneer of documentary filmmaking . Perhaps his best known film is Don’t Look Back on Bob Dylan’s 1965 tour of the UK. His other landmark films include Monterey Pop, Primary and The War Room. He continues to work with his wife and partner Chris Hegedus. In 2013 was awarded an Oscar for Lifetime Achievement.
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For one year, Giorgia Lupi, an Italian living in New York, and Stefanie Posavec, an American in London, mapped the particulars of their daily lives as a series of hand-drawn postcards they exchanged via mail weekly—small portraits as full of emotion as they are data, both mundane and magical. Dear Data reproduces in pinpoint detail the full year's set of cards, front and back, providing a remarkable portrait of two artists connected by their attention to the details of their lives—including complaints, distractions, phone addictions, physical contact, and desires. Rizzoli Bookstore and Princeton Architectural Press invite you to celebrate the publication of Dear Data with a conversation between the authors and Maria Popova of the blog Brain Pickings. Please click here to learn more about this book.
Betsy Pinover Schiff has been photographing urban plantings and chronicling the “greening” of the city for more than two decades. Once limited to private spaces and elite neighborhoods, these plantings now proliferate throughout the five boroughs. Sidewalk Gardens of New York reveals the transformation of the “city of concrete and glass” into one of the greenest and most richly planted urban centers in America. Nature and architecture combine in ways that will surprise even the most seasoned New Yorkers. Please join us for a reception and booksigning to celebrate the publication of Sidewalk Gardens of New York. For more information, please click here.
Join us to celebrate the publication of Alexander Maksik's Shelter in Place. To learn more about this magnetic and bracing novel, please click here.
Rizzoli Bookstore will open its doors before store hours exclusively for ICAA members and guests to host a discussion with renowned architect, Michael G. Imber. Michael will speak about the book Americans in Florence and how America, especially New England and New York, found Tuscany to be the embodiment of history and humanity, essential to the development of “Yankee Taste” in the burgeoning years following America’s Civil War. Please join us for a light breakfast before the lecture.